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U.S. -Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) arranged a two-day Policy Dialogue on Energy in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) involving academia, industry and government to understand opportunities in the field of energy. This policy dialogue provided a unique opportunity to understand the challenges and prospects of CPEC for alternative energy solutions, preparation of industries to embrace energy efficient solutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and to explore opportunities for public-private partnerships. This dialogue also offered an opportunity to identify areas for capacity building and design curriculum and professional trainings for researchers and scientists that are in-line with over all objectives of CPEC. Solving energy crisis is the top priority of the Government of Pakistan and this dialogue will bring academia, industry and government together to deliberate and frame policies for sustainable solutions of energy crisis.

The Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak, as chief guest, appreciated the efforts of USPCAS-E UET Peshawar for organizing such policy level dialogues in the field of energy. The Chief Minister declared the center as think tank for the development of energy sector in the province. The Chief Minister remarked that the vision of CPEC has to be the enhancement of Pakistan’s competitiveness through regional trade and collaboration opportunities.  He suggested that CPEC could not be reduced to one route in isolation, but a well-knit system of routes for maximal regional integration. He added that in this regard all routes had to be developed as it were of equal importance.

Dr. Najeeb Ullah Director USPCAS-E UET Peshawar shared an overview of center on the occasion.  Vice chancellor UET Peshawar, Dr. Iftikhar Hussain lauded the efforts of USPCAS-E UET Peshawar as an initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that has brought together UET Peshawar, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), and Arizona State University in the United States to find sustainable solutions to Pakistan’s energy related challenges. He said, USPCAS-E is helping to resolve Pakistan’s energy crises through applied research and developing specialized human resource. “This support from USAID to hold dialogues in the field of energy will enhance students’ capabilities and put them in the leadership roles in the energy sector,” he said. ”

Among prominent speakers of the dialogue included, Mr. Asad Qaiser, Speaker Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Senator Usman Saifullah, Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, Dr. Adeem Khan, Member Pakistan Custom services and others. The Government of Khyber Pahkhtukhwa was represented by the Secretary Industries, Farah Hamid Khan; Secretary HE, Mr. Naeem and Secretary Energy, Engr Qazi Muhammad Naeem. The Government of KP expressed its resolve to solve the persistent energy crisis and urged the participants to explore current challenges and enable academia, industry and government to come on to one platform and frame policies for sustainable solutions for the energy crisis.

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